A tram ride... from your sofa
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t visit other cities – or even revisit ones you’ve been to before.
Whether it’s to save the suggestion for your next Lisbon trip bucket list or just to reminisce, join us on this tram journey through the historical neighbourhoods of this city of light.
Trams are ideal to get to know some of Lisbon’s most interesting historical and architectural heritage sites.
The most well-known of these is Route 28 (“Elétrico 28”), which starts at Martim Moniz and terminates at Campo de Ourique. The route starts in the old quarter at Largo Martim Moniz and heads towards Graça quarter. From there, the route continues to São Vicente de Fora Church and on to Alfama, going through some of Lisbon’s most picturesque streets and squares, located in the medieval areas of the city, such as Rua das Escolas Gerais or Largo das Portas do Sol, a belvedere perched on a hill overlooking the river.
The tram then heads on to the Baixa, or Down-town Lisbon, passing by the Sé (the cathedral, easy to spot with its Romanic façade), Santo António Church, and then along Rua da Conceição, a bustling thoroughfare with traditional shops known among locals for its many haberdasheries.
The route continues to Chiado, that sits on a hilltop, and will almost certainly stop right outside the famous A Brasileira patisserie. While enjoying the ride, be sure to notice the architecture of the buildings as you pass by and the ceramic tiles that decorate the façades.
After Largo do Camões, on the edge of Bairro Alto (the High Quarter), the tram comes down the hill again, this time along Calçada do Combro. Further on, it heads past the Assembleia da República (the Portuguese Parliament), the building that used to be São Bento Convent. After Basílica da Estrela and Jardim da Estrela, Route 28 continues its journey crossing Campo de Ourique, a traditional residential neighbourhood, terminating at Largo dos Prazeres.